Kneel For Nine

Over 2,000 people of all ages and races and beliefs gathered in Civic Center Park for Tuesday evening’s Kneel For Nine. It was well spirited and respectful and honorable.

The event’s name symbolically refers to the nearly nine minutes that police officer David Chauvin kneeled on the neck of George Floyd on May 23. A variety of chants rang out in unison with each passing minute.

The Kenosha Police Department assisted the departing crowd, some marching through downtown Kenosha with squad cars following up.

Memorial Day 2020

Green Ridge Cemetery hosts a fine Memorial Day service, but the annual honorary event was cancelled in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the weather beckoned and a handful of souls wandered the solemn grounds and marked the holiday in personal terms.
A family finds cover from a brief rain shower on the steps of the Winged Victory statue that honors Kenosha’s Civil War veterans. The towering monument is in Library Park where the Kenosha Area Vietnam Veterans held a brief Memorial Day ceremony is an abundance of space.
Taps is played at the conclusion of the Kenosha Area Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial Day ceremony in Library Park. These grounds are rich in honoring Kenosha’s veterans. The Winged Victory monument stands in recognition of Kenosha’s Civil War soldiers and the Simmons Library honors the city’s veterans who served in World War I. Both structures were designed by famed Chicago architect Daniel Burnham just before 1900.

It’s Election Day and the Polls are OPEN

After a chaotic news cycle in Madison yesterday , the decision has been made that in-person voting will take place today until 8 p.m.

Public safety protocols will be in place, so please don’t forget to cast your vote today.

Polling places have been reduced to 10 locations, but the 2nd District Public Museum site remains unchanged. If you have questions about other polling places, this link will help you.

All absentee ballots must be dropped off today in the white boxes at city hall, OR your absentee ballot must be postmarked at the post office with today’s date, April 7.

Election results will be announced on April 13.

“Our Kids, Our Future”

The final set of 100 portraits by local photographer Kevin Poirier reflecting Kenosha’s racial diversity on the faces of Frank and Southport elementary school students was pasted up Thursday on a spacious lot in the downtown district.

Kenosha Creative Space’s Francisco Loyola and Steve Hawkins worked for two days hanging the 24″ x 36″ prints provided by the University of Wisconsin – Parkside on the side of a building at 5811 6th Ave.

Poirier was struck by the kids’ lack of awareness or concern about their racial identity. They just saw themselves as kids. Loyola says he truly believes these kids are Kenosha’s future and wondered which one will be our next Mayor.

Photographer Kevin Poirier looks on as Steve Hawkins (left) and Francisco Loyola hang his portraits Thursday afternoon.

Our future is even harder to predict these days, which makes looking at these portraits a joy.

Check them out.